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EPITAPH, VOLUMES ONE & TWO

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

3.78 | 180 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I was rather keen on listening to this live album since it features songs from their early legendary and original line-up.

Do you like "Schizoid" ? Or "In The Court ? Or "Epitaph ? Then this live recording is for you.

Are you looking to some decent sound recording ? Then this live album is not for you.

Do you think that three versions of "Schizoid", or "Epitaph" and two of "In The Court..." are a bit too much on a double CD set ? Than this album is not for you.

Are you so in love with the fully improv style of this band while playing live ? Then this album might be for you.

I could answer yes to only one and a half of these questions (the first one). Because the sound is rather poor during the fisrt CD, while the second one is quite good. To get a cover of a Donovan song ("Get Thy Bearing") is not my cup of tea. And to listen twice to "A Man, A City" is almost beyond my strenghts. On the contrary, the hypnotic "Mars" which is very much "Bolero" oriented is rather good.

This piece of music must be considered as a document of a prominent progressive band. But with all its excesses as well (noisy and dull improvisations in this case). It's also worth by the fact that you'll find some partial pre-releases of later soings featured on studio albums.

This is for die-hard fans only. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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